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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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Operatives gain NVQ and CSCS cards via ARCA

Asbestos removal operatives, Dale Orme and Adam Parr, of LAR Ltd, recently completed their NVQ Level 2 Diploma via the On-Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) option of assessment.

“The OSAT assessment suited both Adam and Dale, they soon felt comfortable in the assessment environment and provided good, solid evidence across a number of procedures and processes,” commented Satish Patel, Training Manager for ARCA. “I must add that it was a pleasure to assess both these candidates.”

On receiving NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Removal of Hazardous Waste (Construction) – Licensed Asbestos Removal certificates, LAR applied to ARCA for blue skilled worker CSCS cards (under the ARMI Skills Card Scheme) for the operatives.

“It’s great that ARCA is now issuing CSCS cards, as it makes the whole process of gaining an NVQ and applying for a CSCS card virtually seamless,” stated Steve Hannah, Development Director of LAR Ltd. “Once the NVQ certificates were received the card application was processed efficiently.”

To read more on the ARCA ARMI Skills Card Scheme and to download an application form for an asbestos removal operative CSCS card please visit here

ARCA Fund Raising for Charity

During this week, the ARCA Charity Week, ARCA staff have been taking part in three ‘marathon challenges’ to raise funds for Mesothelioma UK and the Indee Rose Trust.

On Monday, they played darts continuously for 8-hours, Wednesday played table tennis for 8-hours and today is a bowling marathon … a couple of hours to play yet!

Also, tomorrow, Shaun the Lead Trainer at ARCA will join the 52.6km cycle challenge arranged by ARCA member LAR ltd. Good Luck to all!

By supporting us you are supporting those suffering with an asbestos related cancer and children with a life limiting tumour.

You can support the team at  www.justgiving.com/teams/arcacharityweek2017

 

Asbestos Removal for Administrators course proves popular

The ‘Asbestos Removal for Administrators’ course produced by ARCA has proved to be very popular with two dates already fully booked so more dates have been scheduled.

The current programme is:

  • 10th October at Burton
  • 13th October at Manchester
  • 16th October at Rayleigh
  • 17th October at Glasgow

This new one-day training course that will enable administrators to experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment.

The course, at £125.00 (+ VAT), will cover a range of elements including; industry terminology, key legislative documents, asbestos licensing, plans of work and onsite documentation.

It will also include some practical hands on tasks, such as; use of RPE, elements of enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks, as well as the decontamination process in enclosures and DCUs.

Experience what happens on-site while in a safe environment. For more details or to book on a course call ARCA on 01283 505777.

ARCA speaking at Contamination Expo Series 2017

Asbestos Removal – Reassurance of good risk management

As a partner of the Contamination Expo Series, ARCA will be supporting the event by speaking to highlight the safe removal of asbestos.

The ARCA seminar is highly recommended for commercial property owners, facility managers, construction managers and health & safety professionals, as Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA, will discuss clients’ legal responsibilities, including the duty to ensure they appoint competent contractors (CDM 2015 regulations), and how ARCA provides a system of reassurance.

 Join ARCA in Keynote Theatre 2 on Wednesday 27th September at 16:15

Contamination Expo Series is being held at ExCel London on 27th and 28th September – tickets are free by registering at www.hazardousmaterialexpo.com

Hands on experience for Admin Staff

Administrators in asbestos removal companies are a key part of the team that produces plans of work, talks to suppliers and plan on-site resources. Training on business systems such as the purchasing system is one element companies can easily address, but training on what actually happens on a removal site, can be very limited due to on-site work being hazardous and restricted.

After a number of conversations with members, ARCA has stepped into help, as the Association is ideally positioned to solve this problem.

ARCA has produced a one-day training course that will enable administrators to experience what working on-site is really like and some of the issues their colleagues may face, all within a safe and controlled environment.

The course, at £125.00 (+ VAT), will cover a range of elements including; industry terminology, key legislative documents, asbestos licensing, plans of work and onsite documentation.

It will also include some practical hands on tasks, such as; use of RPE, basic enclosure construction and use of air/bag locks, as well as walking through a DCU to understand the decontamination process.

A number of ‘Asbestos Removal for Administrators’ courses are currently programmed at ARCA centres:

  • 10thOctober at Burton
  • 12thOctober at Manchester
  • 13thOctober at Rayleigh
  • 17thOctober at Glasgow

Experience what happens on-site while in a safe environment. For more details or to book on a course call ARCA on 01283 505777